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Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Orzo

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen broccoli with cheese sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat broccoli with cheese sauce according to package directions.

In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, salt and pepper; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain orzo. Stir orzo and broccoli with cheese sauce into skillet; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Orzo

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 head bok choy (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 celery rib, sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet red pepper
1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion
6 tablespoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce

Directions
Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, trim and discard root end of bok choy. Cut stalks into 1-in. pieces. Coarsely chop leaves.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; stir-fry 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.

Stir-fry bok choy stalks, celery, peppers and onion in remaining oil 4 minutes. Add bok choy leaves; stir-fry 3-5 minutes longer or until leaves are tender. Stir in teriyaki sauce. Add spaghetti and chicken; heat through, tossing to combine. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken Stir-Fry

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Southwest Tortilla Scramble

Ingredients
4 large egg whites
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 corn tortillas (6 inches), halved and cut into strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup salsa

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk egg whites, eggs and pepper. Stir in tortillas, spinach and cheese.

Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture; cook and stir until eggs are thickened and no liquid egg remains. Top with salsa. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Southwest Tortilla Scramble

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Tuscan Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients
4 cups fresh cauliflowerets (about 14 ounces)
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine cauliflower, broth, water and garlic;

bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and mushrooms over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

Add sausage and mushrooms to cauliflower mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cream and pepper; heat through. Serve with bacon. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

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Easy Chicken Corn Chowder

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
2 cans (14-3/4 ounces each) cream-style corn
1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 can (12 ounces) reduced-fat evaporated milk
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions
In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and red pepper; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until tender.

Stir in corn, chicken, milk, bouillon and pepper; heat through, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Top servings with bacon. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Chicken Corn Chowder

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Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

Ingredients
1 container (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
12 slices sourdough bread
3/4 cup orange marmalade
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons 2% milk
Maple syrup, optional

Directions
Spread cream cheese over six slices of bread; top with marmalade and remaining bread. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk.

Lightly grease a griddle; heat over medium heat. Dip both sides of sandwiches into egg mixture. Place sandwiches on griddle; toast 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. If desired, serve with syrup. Yield: 6 servings

Recipe found here: Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

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Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese

Ingredients
3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup 2% milk
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken

TOPPING:
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheeses until blended. Stir in dressing.

Add chicken and sauce to macaroni, tossing to combine. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.

Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over macaroni. Top with bacon. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley.

Freeze option: Prepare recipe as directed, increasing milk to 1-1/3 cups. Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casserole with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; continue baking as directed or until heated through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 8 servings.

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